Abba tribute acts asked to shed `Abba` off their names

London: Abba`s record label has asked the Swedish band`s tribute acts to change their names, saying trading off the name "Abba" is an infringement of the band`s intellectual property rights.

Lawyers for Universal Music in Sweden have sent legal notices to bands such as Abba Queens, Abba Mania and Swede Dreamz Abba Tribute asking them to change their names immediately.

But tribute musicians are unhappy with the move.

"We`ve been established for four years with the band name, working our way up from playing in pubs to theatres," the Independent quoted Anneli Stockwell, a singer in the band Abba Queens, as saying.

Stockwell added: "If we have to change the name we`ll lose all that business and reputation. We`ve also spent a lot of money on backdrops and publicity already."

However, a rep for Universal Music told The Stage: "We`ve had complaints from all over the world where fans feel they`ve been misled and we feel it`s our duty to protect the Abba brand from misuse."



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